What is Soil Health Card Scheme?
The Soil Health Card Scheme is a scheme run by the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
Its implementation is being done all over the country by the Agriculture Departments of all the states and union territories.
Soil Health Portal
For its successful operation, NIC has established a uniform soil health card and web portal (www.soilhealth.dac.gov.in) for recommendations related to fertilizers.
Nationwide Soil Health Card Scheme was started by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on February 19, 2015 from Suratgarh in Sri
ganganagar district of Rajasthan.
The main objective of this scheme is to help different states in providing soil health cards to the farmers across the country after analyzing the soil.
Swasth Dhara Khet Hara
The theme (Tagline) of Soil Health Card Scheme run by the Government of India for soil testing is “Healthy Dhara, Farm Green”.
Expenditure on Scheme
Some outlay amount of this scheme in three years is 568.54 crores and this scheme has been implemented in every state of the country.
Soil Health Card
Through this scheme, the Government of India plans to collect 253 lakh soil samples every three years to prepare 14 lakh Soil Health Cards.
Under this scheme, those rural youth and farmers can establish soil testing laboratory and do sample testing, whose age is up to 40 years.
The central and state government bears 75 percent of the total expenditure of Rs 5 lakh for setting up the laboratory.
Self Help Groups
The same provision is made in setting up this laboratory for self-help groups, farmers' cooperatives, farmers' groups or farmer producer organizations.
Under Soil Health Card Scheme, state govt provide the facility of soil composition analysis once in every two years, so that steps can be taken to improve the nutrients of the soil.
Track Sample Status
Farmers can track their soil samples online and can also get their Soil Health Card report from the comfort of their homes.